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Old 11-01-2009, 09:50 PM   #1
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anybody have a corn or pellet stove?

I have been tossing around the idea but I cannot find a few things that are important like: how much does it cost to operate.

any idea how much corn a stove might burn for any given btu output.

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Old 11-02-2009, 05:08 AM   #2
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Roughly 7000 BTUs per pound.
If moisture content is 15% or less.

Check what your area charges for for corn.

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Go to hearth.com and post on the The Pellet Mill and Corn Crib. They specialize in just this sort of topic.
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Old 11-02-2009, 07:30 PM   #5
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I have had Snow flame, American Harvest and Quadra fire stoves

Currently I have two stoves in my house and this what I use for heat. Both are Quadra fire. The first is a Classic Bay 1200 Insert and the other is a Mt Vernon.

I mix 60% corn with 40% pellets. Corn does have a higher BTU factor than corn. I have yet to see a stove that works 100% on corn. Corn doesn't ingite without the help of the pellets even at 10% moisture. Also with corn you will have clinkers in the burn pot which will need to be removed daily. Quadra fire has self ignition and work with a thermostat. Most others run constantly which consumes more fuel

This year we purchased 4 tons of pellets for a total cost of $796. Pellets are also tax exempt because they are a renewable energy.

If you use pellets make sure that they are at least 75% hard wood otherwise you are just throwing money away.
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fantastic info plumber. Thanks.
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I have a Harman Accentra. 0-40K BTU output. It heats the majority of my house. I typically burn a bag a day during the cold months. Pellets around here are about $250/ton.
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Hmmm.

250 a ton. A bag a day during a cold month.
What would gas heat cost you for that same month?
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Hmmm.

250 a ton. A bag a day during a cold month.
What would gas heat cost you for that same month?
Don't know. Natural gas is not available at the house. I have an oil boiler as the primary heat source but bought the pellet stove when oil was pushing $4/gal. Since oil has dropped back down, the pellets aren't saving me as much, but it looks nice. And, a bag a day is probably on the very high side of what I use. Plus, with the new mini-splits, I am using those on these 30-60 degree days.


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